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Arendt, The Body, and The Self

Kazue Koishikawa discusses Arendt's conception of the self and how our thoughts, our bodies, our speech, and our love shape our existence as communal beings. Posted on 29 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 9/14/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the similarities between art and athleticism, reflect on President Obama's unexpected embrace of unilateralism, examine human relationships in an increasingly mechanized world, and much more. Posted on 15 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Denationalization and Totalitarianism

In 2010, Mohamed Sakr was stripped of his British citizenship. Not long thereafter, Sakr was killed in Somalia by a United States drone strike. American intelligence officials referred to him as an Egyptian, though he never had an Egyptian passport. There was no mention in the U.S. or the U.K. of his former British citizenship.…Read more Denationalization and Totalitarianism Posted on 12 April 2014 | 9:50 pm

The Once and Future Liberalism

Congratulations to my colleague and Arendt Center stalwart Walter Russell Mead, whose article “The Once and Future Liberalism” just won a Sidney Award, “designed to encourage people to step back at this time of the year and look at the big picture.” Mead’s article is indeed bracing, and the thinking behind it has informed many…Read more The Once and Future Liberalism Posted on 29 December 2012 | 9:45 am

Voting for Frito Lay

In a column in The Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger writes: The tipping point toward a candidate is perhaps the greatest act of individuality in our unique democracy, although in this day and age of unprecedented political divide, telling somebody who you are voting for has no upside: There is no respect for your right as…Read more Voting for Frito Lay Posted on 8 October 2012 | 11:04 am

Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev

Truth is necessarily related to responsibility, that is to say that, when one proclaims a fact to be true, one takes a certain amount of responsibility for the statement. Particularly if the proclamation was made in a dispute and the only resolution in sight depends on the outcome of a game of tug-of-war between the…Read more Thinking Challenge Excerpt-Katya Lebedev Posted on 30 September 2011 | 5:40 pm

…Don’t Think Twice

In his September 12th New York Times op-ed “If It Feels Right…” David Brooks draws our attention to a startling shift in the moral sensibility of American youth.  Citing a study of over 200 young Americans led by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith, Brooks’ broadens the debate, looking beyond the moral problems of young Americans…Read more …Don’t Think Twice Posted on 16 September 2011 | 5:12 pm

Banality of Evil: The Search for a Counterpart

Cori Ellison’s September 2nd piece in The New York Times on the premier of a new opera commemorating the inspirational life of Rick Rescorla begins with an invocation of one of Hannah Arendt’s most famous observations.  Ellison writes: “Having coined the phrase “the banality of evil,” Hannah Arendt went on to suggest that the most…Read more Banality of Evil: The Search for a Counterpart Posted on 7 September 2011 | 4:44 pm

The City on the Hill is Bankrupt: Politically, Not Economically.

AAA is gone, and with it, one fears, the City on the Hill. American exceptionalism is a fraught theme, and yet it still provides a demand for action that inspires and stiffens the Emersonian backbone of the nation. It is not the economy that will burn the city to the ground, but our collective political…Read more The City on the Hill is Bankrupt: Politically, Not Economically. Posted on 7 August 2011 | 9:54 am

Daniel Maier-Katkin Takes on Deborah Lipstadt

You may have heard about or Read Deborah Lipstadt’s new book on The Eichmann Trial. Amidst some powerful storytelling, Lipstadt offers a powerful Zionist reading of the Eichmann trial and, in the process, takes aim at Arendt. She agrees with Arendt’s defense of Israel’s right to hold the trial and agrees with Arendt’s defense of…Read more Daniel Maier-Katkin Takes on Deborah Lipstadt Posted on 10 July 2011 | 1:20 pm